Very rare and important treatise on heraldry, in the second edition expanded with numerous hand coloured illustrations.
4to, approximately 23.5 x 16.5 cm, leather hardcover, pp.  + 206 + , numerous pagination errors that result in  + 1-128, 127-199, 100-105 [i.e. 106] + ; numerous woodcut heraldic coats of arms in the text, many hand-coloured. Illustrated bookplate of the Comte du Pac Bellegarde.
In good condition, intact cover in very good condition, interior with restorations on a few pages, the first three sheets are replaced by copies, including the title page, sheet 75 and the last sheet, but overall in good condition and perfectly legible in all its parts (please look at the photos carefully).
Important treatise that contributed to the standardization of heraldic rules in the seventeenth century, reprinted several times, divided into 5 parts:
1 - The origin of coats of arms
2 - Definition of coat of arms and differences in the terms "coat of arms" and "blazon"
3 - Discourse on nobility
4 - Symbolism of heraldic arrangement
5 - Rules for the composition of coats of arms.
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Charles Segoing
- Book Title
- Mercure Armorial enseignant les principes & elemens du blazon des armoiries
- Publication year oldest item
- Illustrated Edition
- Original language
- Paris, Chez Pierre Aubouyn
- Binding/ Material
- Hand coloured illustrations
- Number of pages
- 24×16 cm